Pierre Huguet, CEO and co-founder of the H&C Education consulting firm, encourages premeds to explore their nonmedical academic interests and discover connections between those interests and the medical profession.

“The possibilities are endless, and they range from sociology and anthropology, to art and the humanities, and even to sports and video games,” Huguet wrote in an email, adding that med school hopefuls with a nonmedical “passion” can distinguish themselves. “Most applicants tend to look the same, so finding some unconventional interests is always a great way to stand out in the admissions process.”